Making headlines in the papers today - claims that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is worried about an influx of Czech Romanies following EU enlargement, a dispute in the cabinet over registered partnerships for gay couples, and denials from Labour and Social Affairs Minister Zdenek Skromach that the government has reached an agreement over regulated rent.
Czech scuba divers pulled what Czechs would call a "husarsky kousek" or neat trick -last week when - during reconstruction - they discovered an object beneath Prague's historic Charles Bridge that no one expected to find: the torso of a lost angel, part of a Baroque statue which collapsed into the Vltava River more than 200 years ago, when the bridge was damaged by floods. The angel belonged to a grouping of statues, including Saint Wenceslas, which was removed to a depository, where it remains to this day.
Czech born porn star Dolly Buster aims to become a deputy of the European Parliament, Czech mps have failed miserably in an attempt to live on the minimum monthly wage in the Czech Republic, and how long would a Czech with an average wage have to work in order to amass as much money as Bill Gates? Just a few million years...Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Prague is pretty progressive on most things but until recently lacked a venue providing a service long adored in other parts of the world - karaoke - that sublime form of entertainment from Japan that brings out the Elvis or Tiny Tim in all of us. Whether you have a voice that makes listeners swoon, or raises the fur on the cat's back instead - in Prague you have a place to go at last. It's called Utopie - Utopia in English - and it is a bar located on the city's massive Charles Square, open from dusk till dawn, 6 nights a week.
A report in the newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes containing details of plans to modernise the Prague Castle complex caused a minor stir this week. The paper claimed the plans included everything from new shops and restaurants to a hairdressers and even a branch of McDonald's! The article hasn't gone down well with the President's Office, which has accused the paper of blowing things out of proportion. Chancellor Jiri Weigl is the Head of the President's Office.
After a while - perhaps more so if you're single - it can all get just a little bit frustrating - the sex, there's no escape from it on Prague's streets. No, I don't have in mind prostitutes lining selected avenues in the capital city, neither am I thinking of the brothels off of Wenceslas Square. One of which sports a limousine parked eternally out front, emblazoned with the words "Falling in Love" - dubious words in this context, one would think.
Just about a month ago, Prague's streets were packed with tourists and locals, the public transport system was filled with passengers and shops and stores were almost overwhelmed by the large number of customers. Now, the Golden City has become a ghost town. Some may think it's a normal occurrence, the tourists have gone back home and Czechs have had more than their fair share of the holidays and are now ready to get back to their normal lives. But many, including myself, can't help but notice that the city is much quieter than usual at this time
Prague is a city with no shortage of bars, discos, and even cocktail lounges but until now it may have been something of a problem to "step out" if you had children. No more. A new venue has opened in the city centre where you can meet with friends and take your little ones all at the same time - a place called Teta Tramtarie - found almost unexpectedly in busy Jungmannova Street. Tramtarie - which means something like wonderland in English, is at once a café, a playground, a children's bookstore - and even a children's theatre, frequented by parents
In this week's Spotlight we take you to one of Prague's most remarkable locations, Wenceslas Square, that expansive boulevard that features some of the city's most significant architecture as well as the most famous of all Czech monuments: a monument to the country's patron saint Wenceslas on horseback, that witnessed all the turmoil of modern Czech history: from the birth of the Czechoslovak state, to the Soviet-led invasion, to the fall of communism in 1989. A square that is also not without controversy: with far too many casinos and prostitutes
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